1st Edition

Sustainability in Public Procurement, Corporate Law and Higher Education

Edited By Lela Melon Copyright 2024
    384 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contemporary changes in law and policy at the global level to efficiently answer to environmental and social issues correspond to the traditional approach of limiting the regulatory and policy changes to a singular field or discipline: tackling the inherent unsustainability of corporate laws or incentivising the offering of sustainable finance to stimulate the transition towards sustainable practices. This book provides a new viewpoint and approach of simultaneously regulating seemingly non-connected fields in order to provide a fertile ground for a truly organic change towards sustainable outcomes. It addresses diverse questions of sustainable transition of the three specific fields to support sustainable practices in public procurement, private market transaction, and in educating future business leaders and legal experts by incorporating sustainable concerns as the underlying guiding principles of their conduct. It translates scientific findings into a practical format that can be used by diverse stakeholders searching for information and solutions in their respective professional fields. The underlying assumption is that a simultaneous action in the three respective fields of public procurement, corporate law, and higher education brings about more coherent and interconnected results that incentivise further action and changes towards sustainable practices. The book furthers the idea of policy coherence by building upon the findings in the field of public procurement, corporate law, and practice and higher education curricula. By identifying the barriers in the three respective fields for sustainable action and proposing solutions for either eliminating or minimising those barriers at the EU level, the book calls for further changes in the respective fields as well as for considering the spillover effects of these policies on other fields.

    1. Introduction to Sustainability in Public Procurement, Corporate Law and Higher Education, Paolo Davide Farah
    2. I. Sustainable Public Procurement

    3. Public procurement for the SDGs – Rethinking the basics, Roberto Caranta
    4. Searching for the right balance between sustainability and competition – Dagne Sabockis
    5. Sustainable Public Procurement in Portugal: Overview, Recent Developments and Expectations on the Near Future, Marco Caldeira
    6. EU Green Deal and the Portuguese public procurement – Raquel Carvalho
    7. Emerging role of green public procurement policy in achieving sustainable development: a case study of India, Mukesh Rawat and Dr. K.D. Raju
    8. Analysis of the mandatory sustainable public procurement regulation in the Czech Republic, Adam Gromnica
    9. Implications of empirical research on the impact of e-public procurement on institutional quality, Thomas Emery, Lela Mélon and Rok Spruk
    10. II. Sustainable Corporate Conduct

    11. (In)Corporate Sustainability: policy coherence for sustainable corporate conduct, Lela Mélon
    12. Corporate Sustainability through Private Regulation? The Question of Policy Coherence for Sustainability, Martine Bosman and Bart Jansen
    13. Looking through a glass darkly – transparency as a misguided regulatory instrument in corporate governance, Wafa Khlif, Finn Janning and Coral Ingley
    14. Sustainable Corporate Governance, Nandini Garg and Vasu Machanda
    15. Corporate Sustainability – what is the role of corporate law academics?, Anne-Marie Weber
    16. III. Sustainability in Higher Education

    17. The Need to Incorporate Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education Curricula, Nandini Garg and Parikshet Sirohi
    18. The contribution of higher education to sustainable development: global trends and issues, Francesc Pedro
    19. Sustainable Development Goals in higher education as a global policy framework, Maryna Lakhno
    20. Education for sustainability: full spead ahead!, Carina Hopper and Johanna Wagner
    21. Epilogue on EU policy coherence on sustainability: are we there yet?, Lela Mélon


    Lela Mélon is a former Marie Curie Research Fellow with a legal and economics background. She is currently the director of Masters in European and Global Law at the Pompeu Fabra University and the director of the postgraduate program on Sustainability Transition at ESCI-UPF as well as assistant director of the masters of science in sustainability management at ESCI-UPF and UPF-BSM. She specialises in EU law, with a focus on corporate conduct and sustainability, and is currently researching policy coherence for sustainability at EU level, with particular interest in corporate law policies. She is also active in the consulting sector through her activity at msg global (Spain) and CER Partnership (Slovenia), where she is assisting corporations to carry out the sustainability transition.

    "This edited collection provides a great entry into pathways to corporate sustainability. The overview of practical means to strengthen the role of institutions, including law and corporate governance, makes this publication an indispensable tool for anyone interested in the interlinkages between corporations and sustainability."

    Prof. Jeroen Veldman, Nyenrode Business Universiteit




    Sustainability can no longer be promoted as an entirely voluntary consideration. (Failing) markets are being too slow to adapt to the climate emergency, both on the (public) demand and the (corporate) offer side. Minimising and mitigating climate change requires a much more decisive policy intervention. This edited collection offers valuable insights on the three inter-related policy areas of public contracts, corporate governance and higher education (of future leaders), and much food for thought for policymakers wanting to get serious about the biggest challenge on their agendas.

    Prof. Albert Sanchez-Graells, Professor of Economic Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Law and Innovation at the University of Bristol Law School.